Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Earth Week on Capitol Hill - News from Markey's Select Committee

TUESDAY 4/21:   

-The Energy & Commerce Committee and the Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment began hearings on the Waxman-Markey climate change legislation.

-Speaker Nancy Pelosi held an event with House committee chairmen, faith and business leaders

-The Catholic Church launched an intiative to fight climate change and stand up for vulnerable communities in harms' way across the world.

-A new savings report released today from the Union of Concerned Scientists found that implementinga suite of energy, climate and transportation features would save consumers and businesses $465 billion in 2030 - including $900 on electricity bills and $580 on transportation.

MONDAY 4/20:

-China is outspending the United States in the race for clean energy technology and jobs, according to a new report by the Center for American Progress. The report suggests China is spending $12.6 million an hour to green their economy.

SUNDAY 4/19:

-Thousands gathered on the National Mall to kick off Earth Day events. Chairman Markey spoke before young climate activists as part of the Earth Day on the National Mall celebration. He was joined by Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the EPA, along with musical artists Moe and The Flaming Lips.


-At 103 events across the country, 70 members of Congress took part in Focus the Nation town hall events to discuss the clean energy economy and creating green jobs with students and community leaders across the country.

FRIDAY 4/17:

-The Environmental Protection Agency released a key finding: that global warming emissions pose a threat to public health and welfare.


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